What sinners need...shall I say deserve, is?

What sinners need...shall I say deserve, is?  Love and healing, not torture and death. We are worthy of God’s restoration not on the basis of personal merit but because of the image we bear - the very image of God…through and because of Christ.
Wednesday September 19th - an interactive discussion based on John's Epistle, chapter two. Come by and say hi @ 7pm Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

More of What?

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,  that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh… God didn’t stop His interaction with mankind by just sending his Son to dwell among us; he also sent his Spirit (Grk. Paraclete;Lat. paracletus = advocate or helper), the Holy Ghost, to reside within us. The Holy Spirit has many attributes, His principal work isn’t to supplement what Jesus did but to help us applywhat the Son did to and in our lives. As a regenerated man, I use to think: How can I have more of the Holy Spirit?  I sang: "...more love, more power, more of You in my life..." 🎶
But now I'm thinking: How can the Holy Spirit have more of me? Because really, is't the mark of a Spirit filled Christ-follower someone who is increasingly drawn to and becoming like Jesus?
Here's what that looks like: You respond with blessing rather than cursing; you weep and rejoice with others; you work to build unity rather than create division; you relate to others with humil…

Death by Protein-Meat Meat & More Meat

The brunch menu at a trendy Houston Bistro read: Pete’s Colorado Omelet: Grilled Steak, Italian sausage, chorizo. ground chuck, bacon, bell peppers, onions and cheddar cheese — $13.95
The entree description appealed to the carnivorous caveman in me that Sunday afternoon: meat, meat and more meat. Sigh. What a terrible disappointment. Pete’s omelet totally lacked meat. Maybe I should have complained and been more like the Hebrew people who griped about their meals - they whined how hard they felt things were for them. The people of God were being instructed by Moses, but they are being led by God Himself. And still they grumbled, about life in the wilderness, where their RV camping lifestyle had lost it's luster.  Their Jewish quibbling sounded like this: "Our appetites have dried up. All we ever have to look at is manna, manna manna..." The complaints of the thankless camper’s came up ... God heard them say: "If only someone would give us meat to eat! we were content …

1st Epistle of John

Jesus-followers, let’s gathered together, read together, listen and learn together, in order to grow in our knowledge and in faith. Dust off your Bibles and let’s dive into the  First Epistle of John Come say hi if you are around, Wednesday September 5th @ 7pm Directions to Ministry in Motion #MetroLifeChurch #MinMChurch #1stJohn

Hip Proverbs 4.0 - God's Pet Peeves

God of Love: When was the supreme nature of God revealed to us? Maybe, just maybe, it was at the moment of crucifixion when Jesus prays, “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.”This is grace demonstrated as extraordinary, incomparable love.
God’s Pet Peeves We humans can be such a challenge. Even the God of love has His pet peeves with us. Sin. People who say they don’t believe in sin are moved to reaction at the mention of the word. Sin is a corrosive agent, it erodes relationships, infects relational closeness and replaces love with self-centeredness. It creates a creepiness between us and others; between us and God.Solomon answers the question, what does the Lord hate, in theBook of Proverbs. We read:  A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart/mind that thinks up wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A mouth that tells one lie after another, And one who sows discord among brethren, or family or friends.
Truth be told, thi…

Table Talk

Communion is not merely symbolic, I think it's the real presence of Christ disguised as a simple meal of bread and wine - it's amazing; it's one of those mysteries in my faith. So as I utter the words "the blood of Christ shed for you," I think to myself: this is the only hope to see real change in our fractured world - it's a game changer. Consider that the Lord's table is radically open - it's the feast to which both Judas the Christ-betrayer & Peter the Christ-denier both ate. Let's talk about Communion! Join us Wednesday August 29th at 6:30pm, starting with a meal followed by a Conversational Study at 7pm and Communion @ 8pm...#pkes #MetroLifeChurch #MinMChurch Directions to Ministry in Motion

Why Didn’t the Father Say No?!

Once there was this man who had two sons. One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” Why didn’t the father say no? Instead, he liquidatedassetsand a few days later this young man gathered his wealth and set off on a journey to a distant land.Meanwhile, the eldest son stayed home, attended to the family’s affairs…and fumed. The young man blew his money on prostitutes and riotous living, he wasted everything he owned including his dignity. When the wealth was gone, when the shame was too great, when his options seemed limited, he headed home.
The Prodigal Son-Rembrandt, c. 1669
It’s pretty cool to note that in this story of the Prodigal Son, that upon the son’s return home, the father never lectures him, asks for an explanation or demands an apology — he just demonstrates his love for his wayward kid. In fact, he is ready and eager to accept hi…

Back to Skool - Adopt a Teacher

Each year, when I pay my property taxes, I’m surprised to see how much of my tax $$ go to our local independent school district. I don't begrudge the allocation, I'm just stunned when I hear our teachers say they have to pay for school supplies 'out of their own pocket' 💬If you are or were an educator, I'm sure this is not a surprise or news to you.
In the past, Ministry in Motion, like many other non-profit 501C3’s, donated school supplies and backpacks at the beginning of the school year. These supplies either go to anonymous kids or to the schools directly to be distributed as the administrators saw best.
This year we took a different tact. We made our involvement more intentional, more personal. We adopted teachers. We said we would meet their supply needs, not only at the beginning of the school year, but throughout the year - including those times in the Winter and Spring when teachers are being stretched to their limits and supplies are being maxed out.
“A tea…

Back To The Future

Back to the future of our Christian faith. I’m intrigued by the lifestyle of the early Christians. They brought about an astounding transformation, culturally, socially and personally.  So much has been written about their persecution & their martyrdom. While it would be a mistake to romanticize the early Christ-followers, I am curious, what kind of lives did they lead and what examples and instructions can I apply to my way of life in 2018?
Justin Martyr, a noted early Christian theologian, wrote to EmperorAntoninus Piusand described the believers:

"We formerly rejoiced in uncleanness of life, but now love only chastity; before we used the magic arts, but now dedicate ourselves to the true and unbegotten God...
...Before we loved money and possessions more than anything, but now we share what we have and to everyone who is in need...
...Before we hated one another and killed one another and would not eat with those of another race, but now since the manifestation of Christ, we ha…

Deliver Me From...

God, deliver me from what the enemy is trying to orchestrate in my life: Spiritual ApathyChaosSelfishnessConsumerismEvilWhat would you add to the list?
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